No more than a week has passed since Kanye West topped the Billboard 200 with his new album ‘Yeezus’.
However, in what pens a startling chapter in his J.Cole featured sales story, he’s set to be outsold by the ‘Crooked Smiler‘ in the week to come.
Tonight, next week’s Billboard 200 sales predictions were published- seeing Wale’s third studio album ‘The Gifted’ placed at #1 with predicted sales of 140,000 to 150,000 units.
However, it’s J.Cole who has the most to smile about today, as sales of his new LP ‘Born Sinner’ are set to come in at the 95,000 mark- selling more units in that week than ‘Yeezus‘ which will shift between 70,000 to 75,000 units.
Reaping the rewards from the hype its #2 debut scored it this week, ‘Sinner’s second week numbers are set to see audiences continue to show their support for the album, while paying less attention to the polarising ‘Yeezus’.
*Wale (Atlantic) 140-150k
J. Cole (Roc Nation/Columbia) 90-95k
Kanye West (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ) 70-75k
*Skillet (Atlantic) 50-55k
Daft Punk (Columbia) 30-35k
Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 27-30k
Black Sabbath (Republic) 27-30k
*August Burns Red (Solidstate) 24-27k
Kelly Rowland (Motown) 24-27k
Mac Miller (Rostrum) 23-26k
India.Arie (Def Jam/IDJ) 23-26k
Imagine Dragons (Kidinakorner/Interscope) 22-25k
Bruno Mars (Atlantic) 21-24k
Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 20-23k
Hunter Hayes (Atlantic) 20-23k
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore) 19-22k
Darius Rucker (Capitol Nashville) 19-22k
Once these new sales come in, the ‘Power Trip‘ led project will stand more than 100,000 units away from Gold status, and only has to sell 50,000 units each week for the next two weeks to achieve that feat within its first month.
Our congratulations also extend to ‘Street Life’ stunner Kelly Rowland, whose new LP ‘Talk A Good Game‘ will hold a Top Ten spot for a second week and Bruno Mars…whose 2012 LP ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘ continues to rock the Top 15 even seven months after its December 6th release!